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Oak Beetle - Euoniticellus intermedius

Oak Beetle - Euoniticellus intermedius
Miller Canyon, Trailhead, Huachuca Mts., Cochise County, Arizona, USA
October 21, 2006
Size: ~5-8mm
Found in "grove" of mature Oak Trees at the trailhead in Miller Canyon. Once again, I wish the pics were sharper. Is this some kind of Scarabidae? 2images

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Thanks for
IDing so quickly. Hopefully, it's not one of the many harmful introductions.

 
Beneficial, but ..
While the native fauna may not be up to the task of getting rid of all the cow dung - some introduced beetles like Onthophagus taurus have spread rapidly and from my limited observations in SC are displacing the native spp.

Yes.
This is a dung beetle alright, maybe in the genus Onthophagus.

 
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Actually another deliberately introduced (initially Texas, I believe) sp.: Euoniticellus intermedius - evidently now across the whole southern US, including Florida and down into Mexico. This was also introduced into Australia. This looks like a female, males usually have a horn on the head. Great addition to the guide.

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